Highest HR Honor

ILR alums and Cornell leader elected as fellows
Thursday, November 12, 2015

The ILR School was well represented at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Human Resources last week.

Four of the six people elected fellows at the event, held at the Yale Club of New York City, have close ties to ILR.

Election as an academy fellow is the highest honor in the human resource profession. The new fellows who are connected to ILR are:

  • Mary George Opperman, Cornell vice president and chief human resource officer
  • Mike D'Ambrose '79, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Archer Daniels Midland
  • Tracy Keogh, chief human resources officer at HP Inc. and board chairman of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies
  • Joseph Bosch '83, former head of human resources at DirectTV.

Since 1992, 164 fellows have been elected, including four ILR professors. They include:

  • Lee Dyer, professor and chairman, ILR Department of Human Resource Studies
  • Kevin Hallock, Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor of Economics and Human Resource Studies
  • David Lipsky, Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Dispute Resolution and director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
  • George Milkovich, professor emeritus.

Three MILR students were also part of the event. Matt Olson MILR ’15, Khushboo Jain MILR ’16 and Lia Yanis MILR ’16 were invited to participate because they are among the winners of the organization’s annual essay contest. The essay question was "Public Policy -- To Be or Not To Be in the Game?”

Kenneth Kahn ’69, president of LRP Publications, helped sponsor the event for the 18th year. LRP is the longest-serving sponsor.